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Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Posted on: January 29, 2012 10:59 am
Edited on: January 29, 2012 10:59 am
Irsay denies he's already made a decision on Manning. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

On Saturday we brought you the report that a decision on Peyton Manning's future was made "weeks ago," and that Jim Irsay and the Colts were prepared to move on without No. 18 before they ever hired Ryan Grigson as the team's general manager.

That news spread like wildfire and eventually made its way into Irsay's ears, which means that his opinion made its way onto his Twitter feed.

"No he hasn't been released nor was a decision reached weeks ago," Irsay tweeted on Friday night.

Of course Manning hasn't been released: Manning wouldn't be talking about himself as the Colts quarterback if he'd been released. And he'd probably already be negotiating with other teams.

And perhaps a decision, in the official sense of the word, hasn't been reached yet. Irsay has until March 8 to make a final call on Manning and jumping the gun on his final decision wouldn't be prudent, particularly considering that Manning could make progress, physically, over the next month or so.

Neither would admitting that Manning's done in Indy immediately before the entire world turns its collective football-watching eyes onto the Colts hometown for the next week plus.

And maybe Irsay's simply leaning strongly one way and giving himself the option to flip-flop as the deadline nears.

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Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:51 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

yeah it sounds like the colts are going to hell in a handbasket


they just stole the steelers linebacker coach

they have the no.1 pick in the draft

and yet other media outlets and blogs keep making up crap.....

keep pretending the colts wont be a force in the future.

you would think some day somebody would learn that anything now reported is figment of their imagination.

irsay and manning WILL LET EVERYBODY know when the decision is made. in the meantime cbs and all the rest need to stop making up sh!!!T! 

OH WHAT A's report of peyton being released is false. AGAIN 

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:46 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

There is one big piece of the puzz;e that everyone seems to be ignoring -Can Peyton even play?   neck injuries are tricky and it is entirley possible that all this speculation is a moot point.  Peyton may not have a choice and Irsay may not have a choice....Fate or God or the powers that be may be makng this choice.  

I know Peyton loves football and he has been a great quarterback.  but even if his surgery and treatment turns out to be successful (remember he had to go overseas to get this treatment - Not FDA approved) father time is marching on and sooner or later it claims all of us.   It got Favre -  I couldn't believe how much he fell off in his last season he was a shell of himself and it was almost sad to watch him go out there when it was clear the tanks was empty - and it will get Peyton.  The question si does he go out on a high note or limp in to the finsish ala Favre, Jordan,a nd so many other greats.  It is their right to go out and compete - and as along as someone gives thema  achance they probablly will.  But no one called Favre this year -not because there wasn't a need - but because it was obvious after his last season in Minny he was done.   I just hope Peyton doesn't risk permanent injury for a lfeeting chance at glory.  the NFL is clearly a oyoung man's game.

Since: Jan 26, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:34 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

It's obvious Irsay already made up his mind when someone deny and deny eventually everyone can read between the lines.  Irsay cleaned house and fired the trainer that was helping Manning rehab that is him saying Manning is next to go.

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 3:04 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

I love business, and I can tell you that bringing Manning back for an amount such as $28 million is hazardous. It's just as hazardous to just let him walk and risk him going somewhere like Tennessee where Manning can potentially do some things and exploit Indianapolis twice a year.

 Irsay is in a position that is not envied by anyone.

Since: Jun 2, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:58 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Irsay is between a rock and a hard place here.  He gave Manning one of the best football contracts of all time.  Since signing Manning, he hasn't taken a snap, (and might never again).  While one of the biggest prospects at the QB position since Peyton himself is right at their finger tips.  28 million dollars in March + the money Peyton already made on this new contract.  You don't need to have attended Harvard business to know whats about to happen next.

I'm really going to miss Peyton as a Colt.  Luck is going to have some big shoes to fill. 

Since: Dec 15, 2009
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:53 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Yeah, go ahead and cut Peyton,,, can't wait to see your record the next few years and watch the empty seats increase.  Oh, Irsay, can't fool me, sound just a  stupid politician.... not to mention our president.

Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:37 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

The past is prologue.  Irsay being an Irsay, he'll probably send out a tweet in the middle of the night just before his March 8 deadline telling everyone (including Manning) that Manning's Luck has run out, that he just waived him, and that the Irsays are "moving on."  And if his 140 characters aren't used up yet, maybe he'll even say thanks for the memories and don't let the door hit your butt on the way out.  

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:10 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

We need to remember this is a business. The Colts and Manning have beniftied from the business arrangement. It is time for the Colts to move on. The stars rarely align that the top QB prospect falls into your lap. This could be their next Manning for 15 years. Manning, 36, 3 neck surgeries the writing is on the wall. Hang it up and enjoy the millions you have made, another year is not work being paralyzed. If not many teams will gobble you up for a starting job. Colts cleaning house cause unfortunately they have made very poor personall decisions over the years and have no top tier talent. It is time to leverage this draft and free agency to be relevant again.

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:08 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

Lets face it, Each side knows there is 28 million at stake...Payton needs to take no chances and if he is being told, there is a possible chance  to play again.. , he should stil hang it up and enjoy the years he has had a  Colt. Put him in the front office somewhere as an advisor. The money will not buy a new neck,  and it is not worth all the money there is to risk it

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:04 pm

Irsay denies Manning decision was made weeks ago

I find it difficult to believe that this decision wasn't made the instant that it became clear that the Colts had the number 1 pick.  Irsay may be a lot of things, but insane is not one of them.  While interviewing GMs and coaches does anyone really believe the subject of Peyton wasn't discussed.  Further, would anyone take the job without knowing if Peyton was to be on the roster-much less playing?  Finally, does anyone think that Irsay will give Peyton 28mil for old time sake without knowing if he can play.

The $28million would be a significant portion of Luck's contract and the Colt's future.  Let's stop deluding ourselves, Irsay is just waiting for a good offer.  As I said, he is not crazy--he wants something for Peyton!!

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